Current Exhibits


Feature Exhibit

Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in BC, Traveling Exhibit 

Through interactive stations, video and audio, Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in BC , from the Royal BC Museum and First Peoples’ Cultural Council, provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about the history of disrupted languages in BC, the complexity of these languages, and the people–and entire communities–that are working tirelessly to document and revitalize them. One of the featured languages is nsyilxcən, spoken by the syilx Okanagan People. The MAV would like to thank Vantage One for supporting this exhibit.

TemporarY eXHIBIT

Gameboard Chronicles: A Voyage into Board Game History, a partnership with the Vernon Winter Carnival

Step into a world where dice roll and cards shuffle! Immerse yourself in the enchanting realm of vintage board games at a new exhibit at the Museum & Archives of Vernon, starting February 2, 2024.

Dive into the rich tapestry of board game history, unraveling the stories behind timeless classics and forgotten gems. Discover the evolution of gameplay mechanics and design that have shaped the board gaming landscape!

Don’t miss out on this epic journey through the world of board games! 

Permanent eXHIBITS

In addition to feature, traveling, and pop-up exhibits, the MAV has a series of old favourites.

Contrast the stern and stately nature of a full-sized 1910 Minty Coach, with the humble and serene beauty of a Secwépemc dug-out canoe. Take in the sights and sounds of an old, full-sized post-office clock, and then meander down a boardwalk that takes you back to Vernon in its earliest days. Peer into a 1930s house (and keep an eye out for some objects out of place). Pause to reflect in our Indigenous Circle, which honours the Ancestral and Unceded syilx Territory upon which the museum is located. Explore our hands-on Natural History area, which allows visitors of all ages to get up close and personal with a variety of plants and animals.

We have something for everyone! 



The Museum & Archives of Vernon has over 800 Indigenous cultural objects and 1500 archival documents. These Indigenous belongings originated from Nations within the Okanagan, along the coast, from the prairies and even the United States. They include beadwork, sculpture, baskets, stone tools, and photographs. Many are poorly documented, and likely misidentified, taken by collectors decades ago.

In 2021, the MAV signed on to the British Columbia Museum Association’s Call to Action, a pledge to return all human remains and grave goods.

As part of this pledge, the MAV is currently completing a draft of its new repatriation policy, which is expected to be ready in 2023. This repatriation policy does not just address human remains and grave goods, but all Indigenous belongings, and any supporting documents in our database. It will include a guide for Indigenous Nations and individuals who wish to know more about our collection and start their repatriation process. This draft will be shared with the community and changed based on feedback from our partners and host nation, the Okanagan Indian Band and the syilx People.

If you have any questions or feedback on repatriation at the Museum & Archives of Vernon please contact us at Also, follow us on social media for any updates about repatriation.

Virtual EXhibITS


PANDEMIC – a Short History

We’ve heard the word a lot lately, but what does it actually mean? What does it take for the spread of an illness to qualify as a pandemic?

The people of the North Okanagan have been through outbreaks, epidemics, even pandemics before. Can exploring our history teach us anything about our present, or our future?.



Vernon has a long and proud military history, with more than a century of dedication and involvement with the Canadian armed forces.

Get to know a little bit more about some of the local men and women who served our country in times of war and peace.